I started this mini-bust (she's only as large as my thumb) a few years ago, got fed up with poor casting quality and put her aside, stripped her and tried again. The poor casting quality gave me the idea to go "make her kinda dead". The result has some inspiration from Salem, the villain of RWBY, and of just some of my own sorrows. Let the maiden be consumed by whatever evil ails her. I finished the piece during Canada's 3rd covid wave which had me pretty bummed out. I tried to make her "good" but also "done" - so I didn't agonize over her as I may have with others. Nonetheless, I am happy with how she turned out. Points I know I could've improved: more visual interest in the purple flames, some hue contrast perhaps in the flowers, more planning to the black evil lines. Paints used were a wide range - Reaper, Kimera, S75, and a little Vallejo.

Happy to have C&C and friendly painting chat.
  • Matteo

    I like the concept and the color scheme, I am not convinced by the veins, perhaps I would not have used pure black but a shade of gray. In any case, an overall good job.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Pretty sure I used an off-black, Reaper’s Nightshade Purple, for the veins. But it does read as effectively black here. A more nuanced gray-to-black transition could have been interesting. This is more obviously hitting the “inspired by Salem from RWBY” aspect though.
      Thanks for the feedback!

  • KevinCollier-Corsair

    Just stunning. Makes me think of “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”.

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    Great idea and execution!

  • John Delamere

    Cool idea. Nice execution.
    Sometimes you just have to say, this is finished.
    I like it.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Thanks! Yeah, I really liked the idea of this one, but she needed to get to a “done” stage. The sculpt didn’t really crave more attention, if that makes sense. Still pretty, but… it was time to move on.

  • Poliakov_Andrii


  • Henk

    I know what you mean, some sculpts almost paint themself,  and others make you wonder what on earth am I doing….sometimes you just have to say ‘that’s it, done’..
    I like your take on it, but then I like this concept of life and death anyway.  I like the tears.  Personally,  I think I would have painted more of the head and hair ‘alive’, and painted all of the hand as evil.  But that’s just me.  As an aside, I’ve recently bought ‘Rosalind’ from Massive Miniatures,  whi h I have some I interesting ideas for….

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Thanks! First time painting tears and it went fairly well. My idea was to go with “the rose is the last thing keeping her alive” so I centered the lively parts on that - and her hand is touching it.

      I’m curious how the new Bones plastic does on this sculpt; that’ll be a new bust material coming out. This one was resin… but kinda poor cast. The sculptor is amazing at dragons too, but does humans less often. If the stuff turns out well perhaps I’ll give this another go someday.

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"


  • eric wolfsPLUS

    Bronze, always bronze. Are you not tired?
    Such a little spirit !

    • KevinCollier-Corsair

      Would you like cheese with that whine?

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      LOL Kevin you made me laugh with that one, thank you! Best response.

      Eric, paint something worth a gold and I’ll give you a gold. Until then, I’ll have a quite unbroken spirit regarding my honest voting. My nice big mug of tea has me quite energetic too! I admit your sloth piece was pretty cool; great forest composition, still poor mastery of a paintbrush. But I have a soft spot for sloths. Really, don’t you have anything better to do than harass me? Glad my ego isn’t so fragile that a single vote online sends me into fits.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      I’ll add - if you want C&C, please ask for it. I don’t comment with it on yours because you never ask for it. You only demand praise. That’s absurd. If you want to discuss painting, then please say so. I am here with my work to present something people may enjoy seeing, and I deliberately say feedback is welcome. Some of these painters are very skilled and may have great ideas for improvement.

    • BourguinofPLUS

      She has a spirit of hate

  • KevinCollier-Corsair

    Such a nasty comment, accusing her of such bias. You owe the Lady an apology.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Thanks Kevin.
      Honestly, I don’t have anything against the French. I guess one specific group of French painters thinks the sun shines out their rears and that god himself has blessed their paintbrushes. If that club actually paints something worth a higher medal, I’ll gladly give it. Until then, I’ll wait.
      I’m not going to their figures and posting nasty comments. I vote, I move on. A bronze isn’t a mark of shame either if it is honest. The item was enjoyable to see, but had plenty of room for improvement. That’s fine.

  • BourguinofPLUS

    Bronze only bronze for all painters
    I agreed with other members.
    You use the site for spreading your wickedness and hate, .probably like a hacker with your trolls.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      I’ve voted silver and gold on figures too, including figures from France. Not everything is a perfect paint job. That’s okay. Where have I gone to spread hatred? I’m not the one going to other people’s submissions and berating them.

  • Steph.DPLUS

    Très bon travail,  j’aime bien la couleur, la peinture un peu plus diluée serait mieux, Or pour toi
    Regarde chez les autres pour le côté lisse de la couche de peinture. J’adore ton travail

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Thanks! The dilute paint wasn’t as much the problem as it was the surface on this one. It was a fairly poor quality resin, and then I had trouble stripping the figure. I decided to paint it anyway, even with the flaws of the cast and previously stripped paint. Honestly, part of the reason I gave her a dead side was because then the rougher surface would fit theme a little more than if she was all-good!

  • vincenzo gambinoPLUS

    nice work ! gold !!!

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Thanks! I’m glad you’ve liked my pieces :)

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    I like your work and I like your word. This site unfortanetely became a place for gold medals everywhere. This is sad.  I do like to vote in honesty and you can be proud to do so.

    As long as someone can not accept a lower vote than Gold,  starts harrassing you, there is only one thing you can do: smile, ignore them, feel pity for them as they do not want to improve or learn or grow. And even clowns should apologise once in a while. You did nothing wrong and you deserve an apology. The miniature world can sometimes feel like a place full of Sith and Jedi. Be a Jedi :)

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      I like your work too! You manage beautiful storytelling with your art! Thank you for the support. I’d like to know if I earn a gold that it is truly warranted; when they are everywhere they’re meaningless. There are lots of pieces which might not be masterpieces, but I still enjoy thoroughly too. It is okay to not be perfect.

      At this point with the harassment, I am trying to ignore them, but I also don’t want to back down when I see them bullying others - and they have. You are right on pitying them - they can’t learn with their attitudes, and must be pretty fragile to be so angry over something like this. I’d be tempted to leave this website entirely if not for seeing some beautiful pieces of art, and because I don’t want them to “win”. Staying here and being a decent person despite their malice is its own form of protest.

    • BigName

      First of all, regardless of what P&P was designed to be, people currently almost only vote gold or refrain from voting at all. Thus, by voting silver or lower for an above-average project, you are literally punishing the painter with a lower score than his less inspiring counterparts. I am certain you have proudly done this repeatedly. 

      More importantly, don’t you think you are being very hypocritical here? If you want to lecture about integrity and fairness, where were you when the editor’s choice section promoted unimpressive projects? There are countless examples of mediocre projects being selected solely because they are box art for companies, done by editors’ collegues, or editors themselves. Currently, editors’ choice means much more than gold medals. Don’t you think you should stand up against this cronyism instead of targeting few members mad about medals, assuming you actually care about integrity in the slightest bit?

  • EntrevonPLUS

    Toujours aucun commentaire pour le bronze, toujours aucun courage !!